Biotech Updates

Wheat Research in Canada Given Government Funds

February 24, 2012

Canada's Premier Brad Wall during the Saskatchewan Agriculture Wheat Summit in Saskatoon announced a $10 million fund for five years for wheat-related research.

"It's time to put wheat back on top again," Wall said. "Early varieties like Marquis made farming worthwhile in all but the most inhospitable parts of the prairies…. It's time to recapture that leadership, so Saskatchewan can help feed a hungry planet."

The new wheat-related research funding will be used to partner with public and private organizations that will make wheat farming profitable again. New varieties of wheat that are sturdy against pests and diseases and tolerant to drought and extreme temperatures thus need to be developed.

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